Bhubaneswar, May 14 : Odisha reported 73 fresh covid positive cases today, 71 of them Odia returnees put in the institutional quarantine centres, taking the total cases to 611 in the state. Official sources said all these positive cases were reported from five districts and Ganjam district has topped the list with 42 cases, all Surat returnees put in the quarantine centres.
The total covid cases in the district, a hotspot for corona, went up to 252 cases,highest in the state. In Jajpur district,17 positive cases were reported during the last 24 hours, all West Bengal returnee and from the quarantine centres, taking the total covid positive cases in the district to 88. Three positive cases,all Surat returnees and were in quarantine centres, were tested covid positive in Khordha district.The total positive cases in the district went up to 53 out of which 50 cases were earlier reported from State Capital Bhubaneswar, which has been declared as Red Zone.
Bhadrak district, also a hot spot and declared as Red Zone reported nine more positive cases,five of them found to be Surat returnees, three West Bengal and one Karnatak returnee. In Sundargarh district all the two positive cases were found from the containment zone in Rourkela. The corona positive cases in Odisha crossed the 600-mark and reached 611 today with 143 recoveries, 465 active cases and three deaths. Meanwhile, the district authorities in Balasore, Bolangir and Rayagada today imposed curfew in view of the arrival of Shramik special trains carrying stranded indian workers and people from other states. Over 80,000 people who were stranded due to the outbreak of coronavirus and lockdown,have already returned to the state and are kept in the institutional quarantine centres, set up at the Panchayat level.
The state government has made 28 days quarantine compulsory for the returnees to the state.They have to stay 21 days in government quarantine and the subsequent seven days in home quarantine following the prescribed guidelines formulated by the state government. Prohibitory orders under section 144CrPc have been promulgated near the quarantine centres across the state restricting the entry of outsiders into the centre and the movement of the returnees put in the quarantine centres. The government has warned strong action including arrest if anybody found violating the quarantine guidelines. (UNI)